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The Tomorrow File Paperback – 1989

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Grafton Books (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586060634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586060636
  • ASIN: B001KROV84
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 3.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,813,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By cojaysea on January 28, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
a mostly unknown gem from 1973 by the author who became known for THE FIRST DEADLY SIN and THE MCNALLY CAPERS . when i read this novel back in 75 ( the first paperback edition) i did not want to see the year 2000! SANDERS' look at the immediate future is horrifying. predicting the future is always risky business but SANDERS fills his futuristic tale with the most incredible plot twists and memorable caracters. welcome to a world where many people are born in a test tube with genetic ratings ( those who were born naturally are known as OBSOS for obsolete) the dept. of health and welfare is now known as the dept. of public happiness or the dept. of bliss. almost all drugs are legal. people drink vodka and smack and smoke marijuana as readily as we drink vodka and tonic. pot is legal and sold by the government . one brand is called BOLD. when you have sex with someone that person is known as a 'user". if you enjoyed the sex then it was "profitable".( martha and i used each other last night , it was quite a profit". money is called LOVE. ( sorry nick but theres no love in this project lets move on to something else) . food and drink as we know it is almost all genetically engineered from petro or oil.people eat "petroveal" and "propeas" and drink wine that tastes like fuel. occassionally you can find a real bottle of wine made from REAL grapes that will cost a fortune.( what do you want to eat tonight nick, fake italian or fake french?) an artificially inseminated male with a grade a genetic rating is catogorized as a AINMA-A. the government controlls all genetic ratings and if you dont have an A rating you cant have children. the united states is a huge corporation heading towards leading a corporate world. known now as simply THE US ( the u.s. of america was dropped ) any nation can join the US.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Short C. on October 6, 2012
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Forget 1984! Forget Brave New World! THIS is the book that has most correctly predicted the future. Why this book isn't taught in high school literary classes is a puzzle to me. Lawrence Sanders is at the top of his game in his novel about a society that is ruled by science. I first read this book as a teen in 1977. Now, at 51, I am rereading it for the third time and it is still as entertaining as the first read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
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Sanders probably isn't writing sci-fi as much as he is using the future setting to avoid libel claims. The focus on youth, intelligence, and information as a source of power are no future stretch. Government's/industry's job is to keep people happy by carefully managing the flow and spin of information, to maximize the benefits,not to the public at large, but to the executives, politicians and bureaucrats. This is best accomplished in a society where most people don't give a rip, unless their own boat is rocked. For parallels,one need only look to the current impact on market indices or consumer confidence measures of a tiny tick in a government-produced labor or inflation statistic, or to the impact on our perception of public safety produced by a favorable crime statistic. Is Nick Flair that much different from Bill Gates/Clinton, in his early appreciation and clever use of the power that derives from control of information? I guess I read this as satire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. S. Charpentier on March 11, 2011
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This novel, written in 1975, tells of a future set in 1998 that is a far cry from the reality of what 1998 was actually like. Sanders imagines that the biological revolution has resulted in genetic classifications based on whether one is 'natural,' produced by artificial insemination, artificial inovulation, cloned, or otherwise created without the necessity for sexual intercourse by one's parents. The 'objects' (people) of tomorrow eat food synthesized from petroleum and soybeans, enjoy unrestricted (either morally or legally) 'using' (sex) and an addictive soft drink called Smack. There is a pharmacological solution for everything, almost all with no side effects. The narrator begins the book as the Assistant Deputy Director of Research and Development for the Department of Bliss (a division of the US Government). He is involved in shaping the society of the future, which is entirely unfamiliar to the reader, as well as political intrigue , which sounds exactly like something that would happen today.
The novel is divided into three 'books,' which I think, had they been sold separately and marketed as a trilogy, could have made both the author and the publisher quite a bit more 'love' (money). Each book has a distinct plot and climactic resolution, although the final resolution lacked in that not all of the loose ends were either tied up or revealed to the reader.
It was a little difficult to get used to the jargon involved, especially as men and women are referred to as 'ems' and 'efs' respectively. I had to go back and read the first chapter again once I realized that.
My only other complaint is that the summary on the back of the book has little to nothing to do with the actual contents of the book. DO NOT judge this book by it's back cover.
Overall, an interesting work about futuristic society and the consequences thereof. I think the author is striving for 'cautionary tale,' but I don't think I'd mind living in that kind of world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Smith on March 27, 1998
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An amazing and chilling tale! Should be classified as Science Fiction and thus, it is unlike any other Sanders book - not a mystery or a sex-fest, though it has those elements in spades.
Obviously, Sanders had fun with his premise, which (I think) is: What would happen if the Government set about to make its citizenry happy? And at any cost, including active manipulation of individual lives. Imagine Brave New World, with an entertaining mystery, modernized, and taken to the next degree.
Sanders cleverly renames common terms, for example: Males are EM's, females are EF's, sex is "using." This extends to the government - the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has evolved into the "Department of Bliss." (Couldn't happen? - remember the Dept. of Defense used to be called the War Department.)
Definitely will make you glad your government is as inept as it is - after reading TF, you will never ask again for a government that knows what it's doing!
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